Illegal Fishing (Report)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd May 1950.

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Photo of Colonel Sir Alan Gomme-Duncan Colonel Sir Alan Gomme-Duncan , Perth and East Perthshire 12:00 am, 2nd May 1950

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what action he proposes to take on the recommendations contained in the Report of the Committee on Poaching. and Illegal -Fishing of Salmon and Trout in Scotland.

Photo of Mr William Snadden Mr William Snadden , Kinross and West Perthshire

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has considered the Report of the Committee on the Poaching. and Illegal Fishing of Salmon and Trout in Scotland; and what action he proposes to take.

Photo of Mr Thomas Fraser Mr Thomas Fraser , Hamilton

As I indicated in reply to the hon. Member for Stroud and Thornbury (Mr. Perkins) yesterday, the Committee's report is at present being considered and my right hon. Friend hopes to make a statement shortly.

Photo of Colonel Sir Alan Gomme-Duncan Colonel Sir Alan Gomme-Duncan , Perth and East Perthshire

In view of the fact that the people who are organising this widespread poaching will naturally speed up their operations in view of the possible increase in penalties, can this be expedited as much as possible, because it really is very urgent?

Photo of Mr Thomas Fraser Mr Thomas Fraser , Hamilton

We think that it will take three or four weeks—because legislation may be necessary—before a statement can be made, and we will endeavour to make the statement before the Whitsun Adjournment, or, if not, immediately afterwards.

Photo of Captain James Duncan Captain James Duncan , South Angus

Does the hon. Gentleman think that such legislation will be controversial?